Sudesh Malhotra was inspired to start Rolling Components when his car broke down and he started talking to people in the motor industry. Founded with a £1,000 overdraft, the East London company now supplies 200 car spares such as starter motors and alternators to wholesalers and retailers. Rolling Components claims to be one of the biggest independent suppliers of alternators and starter motors in Europe – exports to the Continent make up nearly half of the business. Sales have risen 78% a year from £1m in 2002 to £5.6m in 2005, when the firm made a good profit.

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Company details
Year2006
Rank66
CompanyRolling Components
ActivityEngine component wholesaler
LocationEast London
Annual sales rise over 3 years77.78%
Latest sales £000s5,623
Staff25
Founded1980

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